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  1. JSoup

    Pac Cup 2018

    Dawson - in 2014 it was about $9,500 for a J105 on Matson on our own trailer. I think rates were a little better in '16. That doesn't include the haulout fees of ~$1,500 and the trucking fee to move it across the street ~$500.
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    Best wood for 5o5 transom rebuild

    Thanks to both of your for your responses. I think laminating two 1/2" or one 1/2" and 3/4" together is probably the best option. The skins are generally in good shape. The wood goes in the vertical sections on about 3" on each side and across the top section. It appears that the wood core was exposed originally, which is hard to understand, but I will glass it in.
  3. I am helping my 15 yr old son rehab a neglected 1972 Moore 5o5. We have no illusions of making this a race ready boat, just a fun toy to screw around on. The mostly open transom had a wood core that was half dry rot, so we chiseled that out and need to replace the wood. The original wood was 1" solid fir (? - not plywood). I was originally thinking we would use 1" marine plywood, but that is hard to come by locally and expensive considering how much we would need to buy versus actually need. Now I'm wondering if there is a better, at least more economical solution. We will encase the new core in epoxy and fiberglass it into place, there will be no exposed wood. Thoughts? Thank you!
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    Columbia River Sailors

    That quote is probably BS and product of passed down rumors over 3 decades. I wouldn't bother trying to understand, or believe, it.
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    Columbia River Sailors

    Yup, check out the fleet here: http://www.islandsailing.org/about/sailboats/ i worked there in college (late 80s) and the Zap was part of fleet way back then - still is.
  6. We've been super happy with our J/105 and have had some success ocean racing. We do cruise it too, but it's a much better daysailer and ocean racer than cruiser. No standing headroom gets old when trying to cruise. Id be surprised if you found a 109 anywhere near that price range. One of the best things about the 105 is that despite a high barrier to entry (compared to Express 37, J35, etc) the sail and running costs are much lower than other boats on your list.
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    Need used 505 centerboard

    Thanks for the continued comments. A local knowledgeable source thought it could be a Ballenger from some photos I sent, but wasn't sure and it doesn't look like other Ballengers I've seen photos of, but I read that they changed hulls several times. It appears to have molded in "cutouts" on either side of the mast partners (the white in the photo) that were subsequently filled in with what looks like professionally done fiberglass inserts. I still haven't been able to find the hull number on the hull, but the sails have 4087 on them, so I'll go with that for now. This would make it about a 1970 Vintage. This think was literally found in the woods where it had been parked for manyyears on a friend's property. As you would imagine, it needed a lot of cleaning, and of course all of the lines and hiking straps replaced, but otherwise would be ready to sail given a workable centerboard. We have no illusions about it ever being competitive, just looking for some relatively high performance fun.
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    Need used 505 centerboard

    Thanks for the responses - I've looked for a Hull Number or other identifying mark and can't find anything. How can I determine the make and vintage?
  9. My 14 year old son acquired an old 505, maybe 1976(?), that is in serviceable condition except the centerboard is really bad. We were looking at trying to rebuild it but there is deep dry rot where the fittings screw in the top, so we're considering abandoning that project and looking for a used (cheap) alternative. This boat would not be worth buying a new one! We are in Portland, OR. Thanks for reading. Eric
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    California Coastal Races

    Ah, of course much better to go around the wall. Newport to Cabo would be an interesting race, but judging by this years entry list everyone would be finished and delivered back home before a lowly boat like ours finished. Why don't more small, slow boats do this? Plenty do Pacific Cup and at half the distance, and probably half the expense, it seems like more would be interested.
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    California Coastal Races

    Easier to just sail back to San Diego and haul out there. It's a just a day trip back to SD. Agreed -- I would sail back to the US and then load up on for the tow home.
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    California Coastal Races

    Thanks Ian - that does looks interesting, hope it has some legs. That's really only 445 miles? I wonder how challenging (logistically) it is to tow an oversized load from Ensenada to the border? I assume we'd need a running start to get over the wall. While we may be interested in short handing sailing, as Roleur points out it's not terribly practical for a 3 person partnership.
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    California Coastal Races

    Thanks for the continued input - all good. Boat is a well travelled J/105 with lots of ocean miles including Pacific Cup and more.. We do have a truck and trailer so the deliveries aren't as bad as they could be! The reference to an earlier delivery down the coast was with different boat.
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    California Coastal Races

    Ian - SF to Ensenada sounds interesting. I don't see any info on a quick google search, is this a real thing? Can you steer me to a website? I could see putting together a BBS, then converting to offshore mode and heading south.
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    California Coastal Races

    For wives that are fair weather sailors, and decidedly not ocean racers, warm destinations are a nice "sell" to combine our sailing adventures with vacations. For them, shore crew around Van Isle is not an appealing way to spend the entire vacation for the year. The sailors among us would like to do Van Isle when time is a less of a premium. Jammer - the point I was trying to make is that we are only familiar with the more well publicized races. Spinnaker Cup and Coastal Cup look like good options, thanks for those. Port Townsend to SF would be cool, unless it was like the delivery we did in 2006 that was 2 days of glassed off motoring conditions and three days of miserable beating until just before the GG Bridge.